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This Publication owes its existence to the following 

A few days after the departure of the Galatea from 
Hongkong, the 'Compiler, being at Government House, 
remarked on the universal feeling of satisfaction caused by 
the visit of His Eoyal Highness the Duke, of Edinburgh, 
and the reception which had been given him in this Colony ; 
the. Prince having expressed himself as much gratified, 
and every dne having' been charmed with the Prince. 
He, at the same time, referred to a rumour that was 
i current, to the effect that it was intended to publish 
5 1 an official account of the leading events connected with 
the Royal visit; upon which His Excellency the Governor 
requested that he would undertake it, and offered to 
place at his disposal all the information which he possessed, 
and to give every assistance in his power. This request 
the Compiler, though unable to command much leisure, 
did not feel that he could, as a loyal Englishman, decline 
to accede to ; and the brie:f Narrative which follows is the 
result. It will be seen that the nature of the task 
undertaken by him left little scope for originality, and , 
that his duty has been less that of an Author than of a 

He begs to acknowledge his obligations to the 
Editors of the China' Mail and the Daily Press, both of 
whom cordially acceded to his request to be allowed to 
make extracts from their Journals and also to alter and 
adapt them according to his own views; a permission 
which has been freely used. To many private friends he 

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is also indebted for valuable contributions ; and especially 
to those who suggested revisions and additions during the 
progress of the Work through the Press. 

The Photographs are by Mr. J, Thomson, f.r.g.s., 
and will, it is believed, form one of the chief attractions 
of the work, the expense of which has of course been very 
considerably increased by their insertion. That of His 
Eoyal Highness will be recognized by aU who saw him in 
Hongkong as an excellent likeness. 

The Compiler, as an old resident in China, hopes that 
this Chronicle with all its imperfections will be favourably 
received not only by his many friends now residing in 
Hongkong, but by those also who, after spending some 
years in the East, are now enjoying the fruit of their 
labours in the Fatherland to which we so often look with 
pride and affection, and which may God long preserve in 
peace and prosperity ! 

Victoria, Hongkong, 

December 29th, 1869. 


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Contrary to the expectation of the Compiler, another 
Edition of the Royal Visit to Hongkong has been called 
for. The present Edition is little more than a corrected 
reprint of the first; but at the suggestion of friends a 
Photograph of S. John's Cathedral, showing the Stone laid 
by the Prince, has been added. 

A general wish having also been expressed that the 
work should take a more permanent form, this Edition is 
issued in a suitable binding and greater care has been 
taken in mounting the Photographs. 

The Compiler cannot allow this opportunity to pass 
without offering his thanks to those who have kindly noticed 
his work, both in private and in the public journals; and 
he trusts that this new and improved Edition will be 
received with the same favour as the first. 

Victoria, Hongkong, 

May Zrd, 1870. 

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Queen's Road (prepared for Illttmination,) 

Street prepared for Illumination in Chinese Style, 

HoNGEONs Facing the Harbour, 


The Race Course and Happt Valley, 


The City Hall, , 


S.John's Cathedral, jfrom the East, 


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The height of the foremost port above the water-line 
is 12 feet 9 inches, the height of the middle port 10 feet 
6|- inches, and that of the after port 12 feet 5 inches. She 
can stow 700 tons of coal in her boxes, and 72 tons of 

She has seen active service, having been engaged in 
suppressing the insurrection at Jamaica, and having des- 
troyed the batteries on Cape Haitien after the loss of the 
BuUdog. Her behaviour in the hurricane which she 
met off S. Paul's during her late cruise, proved her to be 
admirably adapted for rough weather. A list of her 
Officers is given in the Appendix, (A. ) 

She carries 530 souls, viz. : Officers 46, Petty Officers 
65, Seamen 305, Boys 46, and Marines 68. "The clear 
bright looks worn by all, fore and aft," struck the attention 
of a reporter who visited her soon after she anchored, and 
all who saw her agreed with him that the Galatea is 
worthy of the British Navy and of her Royal Captain. 

His Royal Highness was accompanied by his 
Equerries, the Honourable E. C. Yorke, and Arthur 
Balfour Haig, Esq., k.b., and by M. Chevalier, an artist. 

After Divine Service on board, the Prince and his 
suite landed, and spent the remainder of the day at 
Government House with His Excellency Sir Richard 
Graves MacDonnell, c.b., Lady MacEionnell, and a limited 
number of guests, including his late Commanding Officer, 
Admiral the Honourable Sir Henry Keppel, k.c.b., and a 
few Officers of the Galatea. 

Monday^i November Ist. — His Royal Highness consi- 
derately postponed his Pubhc Official Landing till Tuesday 
morning, as that important event in Hongkong life, the 
departure of the mail for Europe, was close at hand ; and 
during the day, both on shore and on board the Galatea, 

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ample occupation was found for all hands in getting ready 
their correspondence. In the evening, however, the whole 
City was brilliantly illuminated. A brief outline of the 
illuminations and pyrotechnic displays is all that can be 
attempted here, but it will be sufficient to shew that the 
inhabitants of Hongkong were determined to avail them- 
selves to the utmost of the fine natural position of the City 
of Victoria for such an exhibition ; and all nationalities, 
European, American, and Chinese, seemed to vie with each 
other in their attempts to express their loyal and kindly 
feelings towards the Sailor Prince of the Royal House of 
Great Britain. During the evening. His Royal Highness 
dined privately, in company with Admiral and Lady Keppel, 
at the hospitable mansion of Messrs. Jardine, Matheson & 
Co., East Point. Thence, returning by water to the City, 
the party landed by mistake at a wharf considerably east 
of that at which their chairs and escort had been ordered to 
wait for them. Much fatigue, inconvenience, and crushing 
amongst the dense masses of Chinese, who thronged the 
streets, resulted ; all of which, however, was borne by His 
Royal Highness with the greatest patience and good 
humour. On finding their chairs, the party, under the 
experienced guidance of the Honourable Cecil C. Smith, 
Registrar General, visited the various places of interest for 
the purpose of witnessing the fireworks and illuminations ; 
and wherever his chair was discovered by the crowd, 
enthusiastic cries of " Long Live the Prince, " greeted his 

His Royal Highness during the whole of his stay in 
Hongkong was favoured with " Queen's weather, " and that 
which prevailed on the occasion of the illuminations was 
all that could be wished. The night was dark, but clear, 
and as there was scarcely any wind, the Chinese lanterns, ' 
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advantage. The finest general view of the whole was 
obtained fi'om the Harbour. " The lights, " says a 
Daily Paper, "were seen blazing along the whole length of 
the Praya skirting the Harbour ; while the huge ' A ' at 
the P. &. 0. Office, together with the brilliant exhibition 
on the Messageries Imp^riales Office, marked 'the length 
to which the Uluminations extended Westward ; and a 
cleverly made outline of a ship at Messrs. Jardine & Co.'s, 
as well as a Pagoda at the Mint, both distinctly visible 
from opposite Pedder's Wharf, showed the length of the 
lighting Eastwards. Across the Harbour, the Police 
Station at Kow-loong gave an idea of the distance in that 
direction; while looking towards the Peak above the 
City, the extent to which the light reached up the hill 
was clearly seen, the illumination of the Pohce Station at 
the Gap having a very fine efifect. The brilliant and 
tasteful lights running round all the doors and 
windows of Dr. Murray's house were very imposing. The 
chaste, but highly effective hghting of Government House 
was still finer, though in another way ; two thousand large 
and handsome Japanese lanterns being used which had 
been expressly made for the purpose, each displaying 
the Duke's cypher and the Union Jack. The beautiful 
red Cross on the top of S. Paul's College shone out 
gloriously against the dark back ground, its effect being 
enhanced by the associations connected both with the 
Sacred Emblem and the building over which it was known to 
be shining, though the edifice itself was not visible from the 
distance. On the Praya, the eye was caught by the North 
German Consulate, and the magnificent design on Messrs. 
Russell & Co.'s house, in the centre of which was a large 
chromatrope star, with the word 'Welcome;' on one side 
of which were two transparencies representing Plenty and 
Justice, and on the other, two representing Prudence and 
Commerce. " 

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Among the most striking sights, in addition to these, 
the following may be mentioned : — The Clock Tower, 
designed by Eichard N. Buckle, Esq., e.e., A.D.C. to His 
Excellency . the Governor, to which by general consent 
the palm of superiority was awarded. Four thousand 
lamps of various colours threaded the entire outline 
of this structure, giving it the appearance of being 
set with precious stones; The Post Office, which was 
entirely illuminated with gas, very much to the sur- 
prise of the native population, some of the juvenile 
members of which were seen placing their fingers in the 
burning jets, apparently for the purpose of ascertaining 
whether it was capable of producing the same sensations 
as the fire with which they were more familiar in their 
own humble dwellings ; The Hongkong Club and the Club 
1 Germania; the former distinguished by three lanterns of i 
I immense size, finely" painted, and which, it is said, so | 
1 completely exceeded the fondest hopes of the unreflecting * 
manufacturer that they proved too large to be taken out 
of his house without removing the whole shop front; the 
latter having an allegorical figure on a white ground, with 
the German Arms on one side and those of Great Britain 
on the other. The house of Messrs. Sassoon & Co. also 
attracted much admiration; the Galatea under sail was 
represented in a transparency in the centre, and over this 
were the words " Welcome to our Alfred, " surmounted by 
the "Star of India," which decoration is worn by one of 
the members of this celebrated firm. The entire building 
occupied by Messrs. Smith, Archer & Co., was covered 
with small Chinese lamps with coloured shades; in the 
centre was a large "A," and on either side of the upper 
verandah were two large transparencies, one of the Royal 
Arms, and the other the Arms of the United States. A 
portrait of Her Majesty, with the motto "God Bless the 
Empress of India, " drew deserved attention to the house 

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of Messrs. Mody & Co., and the Parsee community gene- 
rally were conspicuous for their loyal efforts in the general 
display ; Mr. D. Kuttunjee's house in Lyndhurst Terrace 
deserving especial mention. The oval device of imitation 
diamonds and rubies, having the Arms of the Duke of 
Edinburgh painted on stained glass in the centre, at 
Messrs. Sayle & Co.'s, was ordered from England for the 
occasion, and was greatly admired. Nearly opposite, the 
house of Messrs. Birley & Co. was illuminated by a brUhant 
gas star, and the arches of the verandah were decorated 
with evergreens and flowers. A novelty, though of rather 
obscijre meaning, was presented by Messrs. Heard & Co., 
in the centre of whose prominent building was a large 
"greenback" for $1,000; on either side, were allegorical 
representations of Peace and Hope. The numerous 
flags hung from the ofiice of Messrs Lapraik & Co. 
to the Club Chambers opposite combined with the 
lamps of different colours to make the appearance of 
d'Aguilar Street very beautiful; and an equally fine 
effect was produced by a similar arrangement in the 
Queen's Road near the "Oriental" and "Chartered" 
Banks. At the top of the flag staff of the house belong- 
ing to Messrs. Carlowitz & Co. floated a very ingeniously 
contrived transparency of the North-German flag. Many 
private residences were also decorated with Chinese 
lanterns and various devices, and rising, tier upon tier, 
presented from the less elev3,ted part of the City a most 
artistic appearance. 

The following account, furnished by a Chinese corres- 
pondent to one of the Daily Papers, will give some idea of 
the illuminations of the Chinese Quarter of the City, which 
presented the appearance of a scene from the " Arabian 
Nights. " — "Here and there along Hollywood Eoad, West- 
ward of the Mun Mo Temple, are to be seen arcades of 

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different patterns. The gods of the Joss House can 
boast of their illuminations, and indeed this spot may 
be considered second to none. Passing further on, the 
whole of that Street which leads down to Queen's Road 
is covered -with a long piece of cloth stretched on poles, 
forming a regular roofed-in avenue. Suspended to this 
cloth roof are boxes of figures representing human beings, 
&c., and these seem to give much delight to Chinese 
sight-seers who stand in front of them with eager 
eyes for a considerable time, studying the nature of their 
representations. At the farthest end of, the Street, or 
rather the junction of it from Queen's Road, the concourse 
of people is generally greater, owing to the additional 
sights Lum-Tak-Kee displays in the shape of a handsome 
chandelier of several burners hung up in front of his shop, 
and of a small platform raised directly opposite for a few 
choristers to fill the ears of the spectators with their 
peculiarly melodious strains of Chinese music. The most 
attractive spot in this block of buildings is Kwok Tseung's 
house, who signifies his loyalty by having the usual arcade 
erected in fi*ont of his house, with the addition of a plat- 
form for singers also." 

"Loyalty seems determined to show itself everywhere, 
and despises not even nooks and corners ; for in a snug 
little lane in this vicinity, known as the Circular Building's 
Lane, is to be seen a small mat-shed erected in front of a 
house nicely lit up with a number of lamps and lanterns, 
the latter bearing the motto of ^ ^ ^^ which means 
' the whole heaven is covered with glory.' " 

His Excellency the Governor and Lady MacDonnell 
and suite, having paused in the course of their visits to 
this part of the City to listen to the recitations of the 
musical performers mentioned in the above extract, were 
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to observe witli what added zest they pursued their labo- 
rious, though somewhat inharmonious, task for the purpose 
of expressing their sense of the honour done them by the 
presence of so distinguished an audience. 

In connection with the native demonstrations of 
loyalty the Chinese procession must not be omitted. There 
was, of course, the inevitable Dragon, which on this occa- 
sion pursued its sinuous path along the Praya, accompanied 
with the usual amount of shouting and piping and beating 
of gongs. But what attracted much greater attention 
was the numbe? of cleverly manufactured fish which pre- 
ceded the monster, and which being borne on men's 
shoulders, looked almost as though they were creatures 
that had forsaken their native element and had taken to 
swimming in mid air. These fish were of large dimen- 
sions, several being 9 feet long, and were constructed of 
some transparent substance which looked like gauze 
hghted by candles inside. The idea intended to be 
conveyed was, that these children of the Ocean had assem- 
bled to pay their respects to a member of a Koyal Race, 
only persons of kingly descent being honoured by a visit 
from the Fishes followed by their Dragon Chief. Another 
explanation that has been given is to the effect that the 
Prince was so popular at sea that even the fish followed 
him to the land. 

The Fireworks, though not failures, were perhaps the 
least successful portion of the night's performance. The 
scene selected for their exhibition was the Parade Ground, 
where a large concourse of people was gathered together. 
"The exhibition," says one of the Journals, "commenced 
with a number of Chinese Fireworks, having much the ap- 
pearance of large horizontal Catherine Wheels; and this 
was followed by curious and ingenious displays on the 
large scaffolding which for some time previous had been 

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erected on the ground. A series of very beautiful 
eifects was produced. Fountains of light at one time 
played from them — then a pause, and rockets were 
projected in all directions; — another pause, and the 
brilliant lights were seen rapidly ascending and des- 
cending, and suddenly there appeared a beautiful casket 
of sapphire and ruby, with an inscription on it, 'the 
Chinese Community welcome the British Prince.' A little 
afterwards, the next tower was seen to be on fire, and 
soon there appeared a pagoda splendidly illuminated; — 
again a pause, and a final grand evolution of magnificent 
jets in all directions terminated the display. While it 
was going on, much attention was attracted to the plucky 
manner in which the Chinamen attending to it climbed 
up the scaffolding, apparently altogether without sense of 
danger. " 

Long before dark the Streets presented the appearance 
of a living sea of human heads, in which the Celestial 
element prevailed to a very large extent; the compara- 
tively few Europeans, {'■'■rari nantes in gurgite vasto,") 
some in chairs and others on foot, giving variety to the 
scene. The most perfect good feeling prevailed every- 
where, and the remark was common that probably in no 
City in the world could the order and civility which 
distinguished the crowd be surpassed. During the period 
of the Royal visit, the only extra precaution taken was the 
employment of two hundred additional Chinese Lo-Kangs, 
or Native Police, as it was computed that upwards of 
thirty thousand unknown visitors had arrived from the 
mainland, and as the length of the Town, which stretches 
upwards of four miles along the Harbour, required a great 
number of watchmen. The result was most satisfactory; 
crime of every description being below the usual average 
during the Prince's visit. 

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Tuesday, November 2nd. — This auspicious day opened 
with an act of graceful courtesy on tlie part of His Royal 
Highness, which, while it gave a fresh impulse to the 
feelings of loyalty and affection which his presence had 
already excited, • will long be remembered with pride and 
admiration in this part of the Queen's dominions. Admiral 
Sir Henry Keppel, after a long and distinguished service in 
China, was to proceed to England by the departing Mail, 
carrying with him the esteem and respect of the whole 
community, who had joined as one man, in giving him a 
farewell banquet only a few days before. On the gallant 
Admiral's arrival at the Wharf about 8 o'clock, he found 
there His Royal Highness the Duke of Edindurgh with a 
barge manned by Officers of the " Galatea," the Duke himself 
at the stroke oar, and Commodore Oliver J. Jones for cox- 
swain. When the boat reached the steamer. His Royal 
Highness, with characteristic good feeling, showed his 
respect for the brave old Sailor by keeping up his rdle of 
" Stroke oar, " and insisting on the Admiral preceding him 
in going up the side. Just before 9 o'clock, the Prince 
having wished Admiral and Lady Keppel a warm " Good 
bye" left the steamer, and on reaching his barge led off 
three hearty cheers for the Admiral, in which he was 
joined by his gallant coxswain and crew, and a large 
number of the residents, including the Governor, who 
had gone off to bid the Admiral farewell. There was a 
general feeling that by this spontaneous act of courtesy, 
His Royal Highness had proved himself to be "every 
inch a Prince, " and if anything had been required to 
ensure him a most cordial and enthusiastic welcome on 
his Public Landing, it was now amply supplied. 

Precisely at the hour fixed, 11 o'clock, closely copy- 
ing the punctuality for which our Sovereign Lady is so 
celebrated. His Royal Highness made his Official Landing 



at Pedder's Wharf. An invitation had been issued a few 
days before by the Harbour Master, H. G. Thomsett, Esq., 
E.N., calling upon the masters of vessels to form a lane of 
boats through which His Royal Highness the Duke of 
Edinburgh might pass on the occasion of his Public 
Landing; and in compliance with this a large number of 
boats now drew up in parallel lines between the Galatea 
and the Wharf. One of the most striking spectacles 
connected with the Royal visit was presented to the eye 
as His Royal Highness approached the shore, followed by 
the multitude of boats, which, as soon as he had passed 
them, closed in and took their places behind the Royal 
barge. The morning was lovely, and the sight viewed 
from the verandah of Messrs. Hunt & Co., and from other 
neighbouring houses, was most beautiful and imposing. 
The Prince was attended by Admiral Sir H. Kellett, and 
by his Equerries. . At the Wharf, His Excellency the 
Governor, surrounded by the leading officials, both British 
and Foreign, received the Prince, and heartily bid him 
welcome to the Colony. His Royal Highness shook hands 
warmly with His Excellency and having reciprocated his 
good wishes, passed under the Triumphal Arch and took 
his seat in the State Sedan Chair prepared for him of yellow 
velvet embroidered with silver and furnished with a white 
silk canopy. Then, escorted by the Governor, the Foreign 
Consuls, and the Civil and Military Officials, His Royal 
Highness traversed slowly the short distance to the New 
City Hall, amidst the booming of guns and the loud cheers 
of the large crowd assembled to do him honour. The 
road was lined with Troops and Police, and the greatest 
enthusiasm was manifested as the procession passed on. 

The Chairman of the City Hall Committee, the Honour- 
able W. Keswick, met His Royal Highness at the entrance, 
and escorted him through the Building. The Museum, the 

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Library, S. Andrew's Hall, and the Theatre each in turn 
elicited, as they deserved, the Prince's high commendation. 
His Eoyal Highness then ascended the dais prepared for 
him in the Reception Room, and the private Entree, at 
which the higher Officials, Civil and Military, were pre- 
sented, commenced. The Prince was observed to address 
a few words to the Senior Naval Officer of the U. S. Navy, 
and it was understood that he expressed to that gentleman 
his sympathy with two of the sailors on board the U.S.N.S. 
Iroquois, who had been injured while firing the salute on 
his landing, an event which caused general regret, but 
which was the only contre-temps that occurred during the 
Royal visit. 

The general Lev^e followed, and upwards of three 
hundred gentlemen, representing several nationalities, 
were presented to His Royal Highness. His Excellency 
Vice-Admiral De Souza, the Governor of Macao, and 
Suite, arrived about this time, and were received by the 
Prince with much cordiality. His Excellency remaining 
till the termination of the Lev^e on the dais beside 
Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell at the right hand of the 
Prince. The effect produced by the splendid suite of 
Rooms in which the Reception took place and the number 
of British and Foreign uniforms. Civil, Military, and 
Naval, was the subject of general remark. 

When the Lev^e was over, but' in the presence of 
almost all who had attended it, Thomas Pyke, Esq., 
entered at the head of the Committee appointed to 
present an Address on behalf of the general Community 
of Hongkong. The Address, with the Prince's reply, 
which was delivered with much feeling, will be found in 
the Appendix, (B.) 

The Parsee deputation was next introduced. Mr. D. 
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the sentiments of reverence which he and those whom he 
represented entertained towards Her Majesty the Queen 
and the Royal Family, including His Royal Highness, 
and begged permission to read an Address, which he did 
in a particularly clear and distinct manner. Vide 
Appendix, (C.) 

The Registrar General, (who is also Protector of 
Chinese) the Honorable CecU C. Smith, at the head of a 
deputation of the Chinese Community, next appeared, and 
requested His Royal Highness to accept the very respect- 
ful Address which they had drawn up as an expression of 
their admiration and affection for himself, and as a token 
of their appreciation of the laws and institutions of this 
portion of Her Majesty's dominions, where they had found 
a home. 

This was one of the marked incidents of the occasion; 
several of the Native gentlemen presented being apparelled, 
after the fashion of Mandarins, in long silk robes, and 
decorated with peacock's feathers, and making obeisance 
after the most approved rules of propriety ; and the Address 
which they presented being very elaborately composed, 
both as to wording and external appearance. It was of 
rich yellow satin, lined with crimson damask silk, and was 
about three yards in length and one in breadth. The 
outer edge of six inches or more was embroidered with 
the Imperial Dragons (with five claws) worked in gold 
thread; and within this border was one somewhat narrower 
made of flowers, and peacocks and other birds, the whole 
having a very life-like appearance. The Address was 
written within these borders in vermilion, and was a 
master-piece of penmanship. An admirable translation of 
it, together with the Prince's reply which was much ap- 
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were very proud of the gracious manner in which they 
were received, will be found in the Appendix, (D.) 

The Government Inspector of Native Schools, F. 
Stewart, Esq., in his academical costume, next approached, 
accompanied by several of the Government School-masters, 
who, sensible of the advantages which they themselves 
derived from the British Government, and of those also 
which the Chinese Community generally enjoyed from the 
efforts made in the Colony to extend education, had asked 
and obtained permission to express their gratitude on the 
occasion of His Royal Highuess's visit. Their Address, 
which was presented by Leung King-ham who had been 
longest in the Government service, was also beautifully 
written and ornamented ; it consisted of a roll of red satin, 
about 3 yards in length and 30 inches broad, enclosed 
within a broad border of figured silk, the predominating 
colour of which was grey — a very favourite border with 
the Chinese literati. This was covered on the back with 
green silk. The Chinese characters were then boldly 
impressed in gold, and, being beautifully executed, showed 
well on the red satin. A translation of their "Compli- 
mentary Ode," for that is its proper description, and the 
reply of His Royal Highness, who graciously received it, 
is given in the Appendix, (E.) 

This part of the proceedings was terminated by the 
presentation of an Address from the City Hall Committee, 
which was read by the Honourable W. Keswick, of Messrs. 
Jardine, Matheson & Co., to whose liberality the Hong- 
Kong public are mainly indebted for that magnificent 
building. To this Address the Prince read a gracious 
reply, which, together with the Address, will be found in 
the Appendix, (F.) 

The ceremonial of opening the City Hall and of 
the Lev^e being concluded, His Royal Highness, accom- 

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panied by His Excellency the Governor, drove to Govern- 
ment House, where, as the guest of Sir Richard Graves 
MacDonnell, rooms had been prepared for the reception 
of himself and his suite, the Military Band playing the 
National Anthem as he retired. The greater part of the 
road from the City Hall to Government House was 
lined with soldiers of the 29th Madras Native' Infantry 
and the guard of honour awaiting His Royal Highness at 
Government House was furnished by the same Regiment. 
The Governor drew the Prince's attention to the fact that 
he was the first member of the Royal Family who had 
ever seen on actual duty any part of that large Indian 
Army now associated with so many of England's difficulties 
and triunyphs. 

\ A formal State Lunch at Government House followed, 

I to which the Governor of Macao, the leading CivU, 
I Diplomatic, and Military Functionaries, the members 
of Council, and a few of the principal Merchants had been 
invited; and the day appropriately terminated with a 
Banquet, followed by a Reception held by Lady MacDonneU, 
at which about one hundred ladies of the Colony were 
presented to His Royal Highness, who stood at the right 
hand of her Ladyship during the ceremony. The hospi- 
talities for which Government House is so famous were 
extended to a large number of guests ; and the fine Recep- 
tion Rooms, graced on this occasion by the presence of 
the Royal visitor and by that of the fair and the brave, 
never appeared to greater advantage. The evening was 
enlivened by the band of Her Majesty's 75th Regiment, 
which played a selection of fine music, and by dancing, 
and Government House and grounds were brilliantly illu- 
minated for the occasion. Several German Amateurs also 
kindly entertained the company with pieces of vocal music 
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pleased with this mark of attention. The proceedings 
were diversified by the passage round Government House 
of the Chinese Procession of the Dragon and Fishes, in 
compliance with an urgent request from the Native 
Community, who intended thereby to render an act of 
homage to His Royal Highness. 

The following notice which was issued two days after- 
wards, was most gratifying to the community, as it showed 
His Royal Highness' s appreciation of the efforts made to 
give him a Reception worthy of his exalted position, and of 
the respectful affection felt by all classes towards the Royal 
House of Great Britain. 


" The Harbour Master has much pleasure in informing 
the Officers and Crews of the Mercantile Marine engaged 
in forming the lane of boats through which His Royal 
Highness The Duke of Edinburgh passed on his way from 
the Galatea to Pedder's Wharf, on the occasion of his 
Public Landing in this Colony on the 2nd instant, that 
His Royal Highness has requested His Excellency the 
Governor to communicate to him 'that notwithstanding 
he had visited so many Colonies, he never had such a 
landing, and he was .specially struck by the lane of boats 
formed from the Galatea to the Wharf, and the manner in 
which they saluted and fell in.' His Royal Highness was 
also pleased to express his appreciation of the arrangement, 
as well as the readiness of the Mercantile shipping to 
promote it." 

Wednesday^ November Srd. — During the forenoon of 
this and of almost every day during his stay in Hongkong, 
His Royal Highness was busily engaged at the Naval 
Dock Yard in procuring the means of refitting the Galatea 
after her long voyages, and the assiduity of the Royal 
Captain in this particular was most untiring. 


In the afternoon, His Royal Highness drove with Sir 
Eichard Graves MacDonnell along the East Praya, and 
round the singularly beautiful Race Course in the " Happy 
Valley, " which forms so attractive a feature of Hongkong 
and which justly called forth the admiration of the Royal 

In the evening, the first public performance at the 
City Hall Theatre was given in honour of His Royal High- 
ness. The following account, extracted from the Daily Press 
by a gentleman who is well versed in theatrical matters, 
shows that it was very successful. 

" The approach to the City Hall was tastefully illumi- 
nated, which gave the building a very imposing effect from 
without. At at early hour, those anxious to obtain seats 
commenced assembling at the doors, and long before eight 
o'clock, the time appointed for opening them, a vast number 
of people had congregated outside, so that the entrance 
presented the appearance familiar at home at the Opera or 
at the Theatre when some special attraction is going on." 

" Not long after the doors were opened the building 
became filled with a brilliant assemblage, the large number 
of ladies present giving tot;he whole theatre a most effective 
appearance, which was enhanced by the glitter of numerous 
uniforms worn by the different officers and officials, all of 
whom, in accordance with a Gazette notice to that effect, 
appeared in full dress. " 

" Soon after half past eight the sound of ' God Save 
the Queen,' played outside, announced the arrival of the 
Prince ; and in a few moments, His Royal Highness entered 
the state box, leading Lady MacDonnell on his arm, and 
followed by His Excellency the Governor and Mrs. Cecil C. 
Smith, His Excellency the Governor of Macao, the Honour- 
able the Acting Chief-Justice Pauncefote, and the Honour- 
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Royal Highness. As soon as they appeared the band struck 
up the National Anthem, the whole audience standing, and 
after the music had ceased, they gave three hearty cheers, 
■which His Royal Highness and Lady MacDonnell grace- 
fully acknowledged. " 

" The performance was commenced by the Amateur 
Dramatic Club, who gave Charles Dance's comedy in two 
acts, ' A Wonderful Woman. ' The plot is of a simple 
nature. Madame Hortense Bertand, a rich widow, desirous 
of being present on a state occasion, at which she cannot 
appear unless she holds aristocratic rank, suggests to the 
Marquis de Fontignac, who has fallen into great monetary 
straits, the mutually advantageous arrangement of a mar- 
riage — he, for money, she, for rank. To this the Marquis 
assents, signing the marriage contract, without reading it. 
In this contract, there is a clause to the eifect that as soon 
as the marriage ceremony is over, the Marquis and his 
bride are to separate, he being duly provided for pecunia- 
rily — which clause, however, the Marquis is not aware of. 
The marriage is gone through; and, after it, the attention of 
the nobleman is called by his bride to the sj)ecial proviso." 

" It gives dire offence to the Marquis, who refuses to 
receive any money from his new wife. Leaving her his 
title, he takes up with a good natured little cobbler of his 
acquaintance, and being driven to extremities manfully 
determines to better his fortune at the last. The trouble 
is in the end set to rights by the lady herself destroying 
the marriage contract. " 

" The Marquis de Fontignac, the leading character of 
the piece, was admirably acted by Mr. Hockey (the names 
were of course assumed), a gentleman who possesses the 
very high talent of being able thoroughly to throw himself 
into the part he undertakes. His conception of the cha- 
racter of the Marquis, easy-going and careless, but still 


imbued with honourable and high sentiments, was very- 
accurate ; and his rendering of his conception was full of 
tact and talent. In the second act, where he appears in 
cobbler's garb with old Crepin^ and pointing to the sign 
over his door, of 'the Marquis de Fontignac, Cobbler,' 
succeeds in humbling the spirit of his wife, by proving to 
her that the pride, both of wealth and birth, may be exceeded 
by that of poverty, he performed with marked talent and 
effect; and displayed admirably the high-toned gentleman, 
when he assured her that, as she had found him her equal 
in pride, she shall also acknowledge he is her equal in 
generosity. Crepin, the cobbler, (Mr. Ballanton) was an 
admirable piece of comic acting; very forcible and humour- 
ous, and without a tinge of vulgarity or exaggeration. 
Madame Hortense, the rich widow, was very well rendered 
by Miss Mary/ Middlesex, who has gained many laurels on 
the Shanghai' boards. The character was a difficult one 
for an imaginary lady to render; but it was done. justice 
to, and in many points, great talent was exhibited. Cecile, 
her niece, was rendered charmingly by Miss Lucy Vernon, 
who has a most wonderful power of performing female 
roles; every look and gesture beiug natural, telling, and 
giving evidence that she enters into the soul of the cha- 
racter she personifies. The Visconte de Millefleurs (Mr. 
P. Saily) was good, but was perhaps a shade overdrawn. 
Rodolphe acted well towards the latter part of the play, 
but som.ewhat wanted fire and 'go' at the commencement. 
On the whole, the piece went off very well, and did great 
credit to all concerned. " 

" The play given by the Amateurs of the Gernian Club 
'Concordia,' 'Benjamin in search of his Father,' was a 
humourous farce in one act, which was very effectively 
rendered. The servants of Tiberius Zander take the op- 
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have a jollification ; but are interrupted by the arrival of 
Benjamin^ who has been wandering abroad for some time, 
and returns to his home without saying who he is. In 
order to get rid of him, Auguste (Freulien Feldman) tells 
him that his father is dead, and, on the old gentleman's 
suddenly returning, Auguste informs the father that news 
has been received that his son has died in Paris. There 
is a by-plot in which Shwisbusser, who passes himself off 
as the son, appears on the scene, and produces considerable 
amusement by making love, much to old Zander's delight, 
to his adopted daughter Pauline^ and gives a capital comic 
song. The mistake resulting from Auguste' s stories lead 
to innumerable comical incidents, as may easily be con- 
ceived, the upshot being that the father and son meet in a 
dark room and each mistakes the other for a ghost, old 
Zander fainting upon the spot. Of course, the whole affair 
is cleared up in due time, and the piece ends in general 
reconciliation. Zander, the leading character, was given 
with great humour and cleverness, by Herr Knickebein; 
while Joseph, the servant, was full of intense fun, and 
brought down great applause by an admirable comic 
song. Benjamin was the silly loutish son to a point ; and 
little Auguste made the audience forgive her for her white 
lies by her charming sprightliness and pleasantry. Char- 
lotte and Pauline also deserve a word of praise; while 
Madame Zander (Frau Porchheimer) acted the stately 
middle-aged lady to perfection. The other characters were 
also well given ; and, as is always the case with German 
actors, the by-play was very good. " 

" The Prince stayed to the end, and entered thoroughly 
into the spirit of the evening, repeatedly joining, in the 
most hearty and gracious manner, in the applause which 
greeted the best part of the acting. On leaving, he was 
vociferously cheered. " 


Thursday^ November Uh. — The great event of this 
day was the Ball given in honour of the Prince's visit at 
the City Hall. The fountain in front of this handsome 
Building was illuminated with much taste for the occasion, 
and over the entrance a brilliantly lighted transparency of 
Galatea appeared as though to bid welcome to the invited 
guests. Soon after dark, a large crowd of spectators as- 
sembled, and from nine till ten, at which latter hour the 
Prince was expected to arrive, a continuous stream of 
chairs flowed in from all directions to the great centre of 
attraction. ' The noble Building presented to the guest on 
entering a very dazzling appearance, the spacious hall and 
staircase being splendidly lit up and decorated with ever- 
greens, and flowers. The Ball Room attracted unqualified 
admiration and the scene presented was indeed a most 
brilliant one. Wherever the eye wandered, a vision of 
beauty met its gaze : richly painted armorial shields orna- 
mented the walls, festoons of evergreens were suspended 
from the ceiling, and a perfect blaze of light shone upon 
the gay multitude below, while the elegant dresses, the 
bright uniforms, the sparkling looks and graceful motions 
of the dancers, gave to the whole a very animated appear- 
ance. At the expected hour His Royal Highness arrived 
and was met by the Ball Committee at the foot of the 
grand staircase, where a guard of honour furnished by Her 
Majesty's 75th Regiment was drawn up to receive him. 
Amid the inspiriting strains of the National Anthem, the 
Royal guest proceeded to the Ball Room leading Lady 
' MacDonnell, and followed by His Excellency Sir Richard 
Graves MacDonnell with Mrs. Pollard. The Ball was 
then opened with a quadrille, in which His Royal Highness 
and Lady MacDonnell, His Excellency the Governor and 
Mrs. Pollard, His Excellency the Governor of Macao and 
Mrs. Cecil C. Smith, the Acting Chief Justice and the 
Viscountess do Cereal, took part. This was followed by 

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■waltz, in -which Mrs. Pollard was the partner of the Prince. 
Dancing was kept up with great animation until about ^ 
past 12, when the Duke's piper played the company into 
supper which was served in S. Andrew's Hall. Those 
who were fortunate enough to secure the company of ladies 
for the banquet sat down at the well furnished tables, while 
a relay of expectant guests lined the room awaiting their 
turn with evident determination to do their duty as places 
were left vacant. At the high table the Chairman, the 
Honourable W. Keswick, was supported by His Royal 
Highness on the right and His Excellency the Governor on 
the left. Lady MacDonnell and other persons of distinction 
being seated on either side. A novel sight for Hongkong 
was presented in the person of a powdered footman standing 
behind the Duke's chair, attired in the Royal livery. The 
manner in which he anticipated every want and identified 
himself with his Royal Master must have been very edify- 
ing to the numerous Chinese "boys" present. 

After supper the Chairman rose and proposed " The 
Queen, " a toast which it is scarcely necessary to say was 
received with the greatest enthusiam. 

, He then gave the "Prince and Princess of Wales and 
the rest of the Royal Family;" and said : "I am quite sure 
that all present will receive this toast with the most cordial 
feelings and good wishes. Englishmen are proud of the 
Royal Family, and justly so; proud especially of the 
Prince and Princess of Wales, whose noble qualities are 
universally admired, and whose generous sympathies have • 
endeared them to the hearts of all people. On the present 
occasion, this toast is peculiarly significant, for Hongkong 
now enjoys, for the first time, the honour and the privilege 
of coupling with it the illustrious name of our Sailor Prince, 
to whom this community is most happy to offer hospitality, 
and whose presence here is a source of great gratification 

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to us all. I call upon you, gentlemen, to drink this toast 
with all the honours. " Loud and prolonged cheering 
immediately ensued, and the rising of the Duke to respond 
was the signal for renewed and increased applause. His 
Royal Highness said : "Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank 
you most heartily for the kind manner in which you have 
received this toast; and I wish to express to the Chairman 
my sincere acknowledgments for the kind words in which 
he has alluded to my brother and sister-in-law, I thank you 
also for the hearty reception given to the toast as coupled 
with my name ; and for the welcome you have given me in 
Hongkong, a welcome as cordial and enthusiastic as any 
I have ever received in any portion of the Queen's domi- 
nions. On an occasion like the present, the fewer words 
spoken the better, and a lengthened speech might perhaps 
rather detract than otherwise from the feelings which I wish 
to express, viz. : my sense of the great kindness with 
which I have been received. Before resuming my seat, 
I will ask you to join me in drinking another toast ; ' The 
future prosperity of Hongkong. ' It is unnecessary to say 
much on such a subject, for when one enters a palace like 
this it is evident that prosperity is already guaranteed. " 

This toast was greeted with much cheering, the Duke 
himself leading off with the good old English, "hip, hip, 
hurrah. " The Honourable H. B. Gibb, as soon as he could 
obtain a hearing, said: "I have much pleasure in respond- 
ing, on behalf of the community of Hongkong, to the first 
toast which has ever been given in this Colony, I believe, 
by a Royal Prince. Our gratification was very great when 
we first heard that the Galatea was to visit Hongkong, 
having for her Captain a son of that noble Lady whom we 
call Queen. We were reminded of home, our home, 
Great Britain, to which we so often look with affection, and 
which is ruled over by a Sovereign beloved and respected 

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as well on the Continent and in America as among our- 
selves. Every British heart was animated, when that 
intelligence reached us, with a desire to give a most hearty 
welcome to our Sailor Prince. Distant though we are 
from England, and limited in numbers, still our hearts are 
large, and I am sure no hearts beat with greater loyalty 
than those of the residents of Hongkong. I beg to return, 
on behalf of this community, most heartfelt thanks to His 
Royal Highness for the honour he has done us in proposing 
this toast, and at the same time, to assure His Royal Highness 
that, wherever he goes, he will take with him the best 
wishes of a loyal and dutiful community. " A general rising 
of the guests here occurred, and amid excessive cheering, 
there were heal-d the well-known words "for he's a jolly 
good fellow, &CC. " 

The Chairman then proposed " The health of His 
Excellency the Governor, " remarking that the genial face 
of Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell was sufficient to ensure 
its reception with enthusiasm. 

His Excellency the Governor rose and said : " Your 
Royal Highness, Ladies, and Gentlemen; When your 
hearts and thoughts must naturally be engrossed with 
matters entirely distinct from anything affecting the indi- 
vidual who addresses you, it is pleasant to find you can 
nevertheless give so cordial a greeting to the toast 
proposed by the Chairman. My position entails many 
difficulties, but it has also some privileges; and I gladly 
avail myself now of this opportunity to convey to His 
Royal Highness, on my own behalf and on yours, the 
assurance of the loyal and hearty satisfaction which per- 
vaded this community at the prospect of his visit, and the 
still greater satisfaction which his actual arrival has afforded, 
(loud cheers.) His Royal Highness may rest assured that 
under any circumstances you would be proud to see 

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amongst you a son of your Queen, whose name is so 
connected with the most hallowed sympathies and associa- 
tions of English domestic life, and equally identified 
throughout the world with the most sacred principles of 
political and civil liberty, (great cheering.) Still there are 
personal reasons why in the case of our illustrious visitor 
you should regard him with special favour* Most of you 
have no doubt brought with you so much of the national 
insular instincts of your English home, that without in the 
least disparaging the noble sister profession, your hearts 
warm naturally to the Blue Jackets, with whom are asso- 
ciated so many of the illustrious achievements of English 
history, and on whom at present depends mainly the se- 
curity and prestige of the British Empire ; a fact no where 
more thoroughly appreciated than here, (loud cheers.) His 
Koyal Highness will therefore find that he is all the more 
welcome for coming amongst us as our " Sailor Prince. " 
(cheers.) There is however another, and a very sound, 
healthy reason also, why this community at least should 
unite in rendering honour and respect to their guest. This 
is unquestionably a community of hard working men, as 
is proved by the fact that, in little more than a quarter of 
a century, the magnificent City around us has been cons- 
tructed on a site, which, as Admiral Keppel so lately told 
us, had once been officially reported as capable of affording 
a good natural position for only one house, (laughter.) 
Nevertheless, the noble and picturesque Harbour beneath 
the windows of the hall, in which we are assembled, 
already receives from and sends forth annually to all parts 
of the world upwards of four millions of tons of shipping, 
(hear, hear.) Such results, therefore, in so brief a period 
proves the Hongkong Community to be composed of work- 
ing men, and consequently they might be expected to 
appreciate in others a similar capacity for work. For that 
i-eason, I have much pleasure in welcoming His Royal 

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Highness in his character of a working man, well up in his 
duty, (cheers.) I have no doubt that probably in his 
earlier career His Royal Highness has enjoyed some special 
advantages in the way of family interest, which have given 
him a good start in life, (laughter and cheers.) Others 
could not reasonably hope to get their Post rank either so 
easily or so early, but having got it, the question now is 
whether His Royal Highness has proved that he deserves 
to retain it. (hear, hear.) As to that point I need only 
mention that I was recently informed by the gallant 
Admiral Sir Henry Keppel, who has just left us, that he 
never had inspected a vessel in better order, or one reflect- 
ing more credit on her Commanding Officer, than the 
Galatea, and also that His Royal Highness himself did 
thoroughly, as well as skilfully, command that vessel. 
Therefore, although his naval career may have been at first 
easily opened to him, His Royal Highness must now be 
regarded as able to win his way by his own exertions, 
and to stand on his own deserts, (loud cheers. j That is 
precisely the character which a hard working community 
like this is well calculated to appreciate, and it does appre- 
ciate it accordingly, (hear, hear and cheers.) For my own 
part, the useful and honourable example set by His Royal 
Highness in the active and zealous prosecution of his pro- 
fessional career has added greatly to the -pleasure with 
which, as his temporary host, I have endeavoured to pro- 
mote my distinguished visitor's comfort and convenience 
in accordance with the wishes of the community. " 

His Excellency resumed his seat amidst enthusiastic 

Dancing was shortly after resumed, but His Royal 
Highness retired immediately after supper. The first five 
dances of the evening, were suggested by His Royal High- 
ness, of whose musical ability mention will be made 

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hereafter, and two of the waltzes were composed by himself. 
The Band of the Galatea played during the former part of 
the entertainment ; and that of the 75th Regiment after- 

Friday^ November 5th. — The following advertisement, 
which appeared in the Public Papers, will shew that the 
Native community was not willing to be outdone in The- 
atrical matters. 


"In order to celebrate the arrival of His Royal 
Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, the Chinese community 
of this Colony have engaged a company of first-class actors 
from Canton. The performance will take place in Tung- 
Hing Theatre, Tai-ping Shan commencing on the 25th of 
October, and concluding on the 30th ; and will be continued 
again fropi the 3rd to 9th of November. The Theatre 
has been thoroughly renovated, and will be profusely 
decorated with fresh flowers. The box in the Gallery will 
be reserved for His Royal Highness, and the seats in the 
body of the house are open to the public on payment of 
one dollar." 

On the evening of this day. His Royal Highness, 
accompanied by His Excellency the Governor, Vice- 
Admiral Kellett, and a large party, honoured the above 
named Theatre with his presence. The building, which 
will hold rather more than three thousand people, was 
crammed ; and considerable excitement was manifested 
when the Prince took his seat in the front of the Royal 
Box which had been prepared for him. 

It is the custom in Chinese Theatres, when any high 
OiEcial vouchsafes a visit, for one of the actors, splendidly 
dressed, to come out on the stage and pay him reverence, 
soft music, exhibiting a scroll, on which a wish for his 


speedy promotion is inscribed. On this occasion, however, 
the Duke had full honours, for no less than eight of the 
) company, magnificently robed, six as Statesmen and 
Princes, and two as Princesses (men in female dress, but 
a perfect imitation) appeared to do him homage. First 
they talked (as if they were holding a council) about the 
Royal visitor ; and then one, shaking his long white beard, 
recited a congratulatory Address, to which the others gave 
their assent by the utterance of repeated squeals, that being 
the conventional mode of agreement on the stage in China. 

Then they knelt down, two by two, prostrating them- 
selves till their foreheads touched the ground, with a 
wonderful, almost mechanical, simultaniety, very curious 
when it is considered that they were looking all the time 
at the Royal box, and never at each other. The two 
ladies knelt last, and remained kneeling longest. 

The pieces selected for performance on this occasion 
Avere a celebrated Historical Drama, founded on the selec- 
tion of a Prime Minister in ancient times ; and a Farce 
called " A-ldn selling his pig; " and as they both furnish 
good specimens of Chinese Plays, the following sketches 
of the plot of each, contributed by Alfred Lister, Esquire, 
are given. 

Outline of the Historical Drama. 

"In the third century before Christ, when the tottering 
Chau dynasty was drawing to its close, China, as it has 
repeatedly been, was divided into a number of Feudal 
States, always engaged in internecine war, and owning but 
a nominal allegiance to the shadow of Imperial authority 
which the Emperor possessed. Both Confucius and Mencius 
loudly lamented this state of things, and a great part of 
their works, especially those of Mencius, consists of rebukes. 


counsels, exhortations to unity, and essays on the evils of 
the times, which seem to have been impatiently listened to, 
and very uniformly disregarded." 

"In the latter days of the house of Chau^ then, several 
of these States, each governed by a Feudal Prince with the 
title of ' King,' were alarmed at the pushing ambition of 
the State of Tsin, which, under vigorous counsels, seemed 
to be carrying everything before it. The only man who 
perceived clearly what should be done was, like Solomon's 
' poor wise man,' a poor scholar, who went round to the 
six principal States, urging a defensive alliance against 
Tsin. His burning words kindled a spirit of resistance 
amongst even these Feudal Princes, and the six States, 
forming themselves into a confederation, found no man so 
fit to administer its afiairs as the poor scholar, whom they 
with one consent elected ' Prime Minister of the Six i 
Kingdoms.' " f 


" Then for eight years, great peace possessed the land, 
but, at their end, the Prime Minister died, and there was 
no one to fill his place. The ambitious schemes of the 
King of Tsin were pushed on more vigorously than ever. 
At last, in B. C. 249, all the States had yielded to him 
and he consolidated the Empire during the short lived 
dynasty of Tsin." 

"The play opens with the entrance of one of the six 
Kings, who chants a long harangue in praise of the elo- 
quent scholar, who has united the States in common cause 
against the foe. He recommends his appointment as Ple- 
nipotentiary. Another King enters, discusses the proposal, 
agrees, and the other Kings are summoned to a council." 

" The council is held at great length and the appoint- 
ment agreed on." 


" The poor scholar appears, alone, and in his ordinary 
dress, he moralises at large on the political situation." 

" Grand finale. Enter all the Kings, with female attend- 
ants on horseback, etc. The Prime Minister's commission 
is read, and robes and insignia are given to him. A long 
parting ceremony takes place between the newly elected 
Minister and the Kings, one of whom drives off in his 
chariot, (represented by two flags with wheels depicted on 
them and held like a wheelbarrow by a female attendant). 
Then the Prime Minister sings a long ' scena ' comparing 
his present state with his former obscurity, and exeunt 

The Farce. 

"Ho A-lan was a 'ne'er-do-well' (he looked the cha- 
racter) ; and was introduced to the audience as receiving 
a lecture from his wife, who pointed her admonitions with 
a bamboo, for having ' lost ' the price of a piece of cloth 
she had sent him to sell. She more than suspects the 
truth, viz., that he has gambled away the money." 

" A-lan, incautiously wishing his wife dead, has ill times 
of it, till he promises amendment, and proposes to take the 
household pig for sale, and to start afresh in life with the 
proceeds. The good wife consents, and sends him off with 
many a caution." 

" The silly fellow takes his pig (which was represented 
by a small block of wood at the end of a string) to the 
village market, where he meets two of his gambling com- 
panions. They at once mark down the pig as a prize, and 
enter into a bargain with him for it. He is first caught 
in a foolish error about the price, from his ignorance of 
counting, and then, the sum being agreed on, the pur- 
chaser reminds him of a supposed gambling debt he owes 

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from last year, remarking, that the pig, which he walks off 
with, will just cover the amount." 

"A-l^n is stupefied, and at his wit's end what to do, or 
how to meet his wife. He gives a comic fancy sketch of 
her reception of him, and says he dare not go home. The 
other swindler, to get his accomplice clear off, offers to 
give him lessons in boxing, so that he may meet his wife 
on more equal terms, and makes a few exhibitions of his 
skill by inviting A-lan to hit him, when he knocks him 
down in sundry wonderful ways. A-l^n is very anxious 
to learn, and agrees to say no more about the pig, for 
which he is taught three feints, or modes of parrying an 
attack, and that he may practice them, the professor offers 
to personate his wife, which he does very amusingly, 
coming at him with feminine scoldings, and gestures, and 
trying to cuff him for the loss of the pig. A-lan practices 
his newly acquired art of self defence very successfully, 
the professor being floored each time." 

"He then went home, confident in his newly acquired 
skill, and, naturally, a rupture followed. A-lan tried all 
three of the feints he had learned, but to no purpose, his 
wife knew them all and a few more, so he soon found 
himself ignorainiously tied to the door-post, with his wife's 
old jacket over his head, while she went to her supper, 
promising to come and settle accounts with him when she 
had finished ! " 

"While she was supping, a hunchback came by. Seeing 
A-lan tied there, with his face covered, he asks, ' Halloo ! 
are you a man or a demon ? ' A-lan asserts himself to be 
a man, but, spying advantage in the ignorance of the 
hunchback, declares that this is his way of advertising his 
business. 'What is his business !' 'Curing • deformities !'" 

"The hunchback is charmed. Can he cure hira f Of 
course he can, and the price is to be a certain subscription 


book which the hunchback carries, the moneys entered in 
which A-lan may collect. By A-lan's instructions he 
unties the supposed doctor, and is tied up in his place, as 
the first step to a cure. A-lan then deliberately strips 
him of his clothes and all he has on him, including the 
subscription book. He throws his wife's jacket over him, 
and says he must now wait, a fairy will come and com- 
plete the cure. He must not mind if she is a little rough 
at first. With this consolation A-lan hides himself with 
the plunder to see the fun." 

"When his good lady has supped, she comes out to 
settle with him, and commences a hearty cuffing of the 
form under the jacket. To her horror the supposed A-14n 
breaks loose, and turns out to be a hunchback. He, seeing 
the lady not to be unpleasing in appearance, takes her for 
the fairy, and rushes at her open-armed. She flies from 
so repulsive an embrace, and is being chased round the 
stage by the ' patient,' when A-lan appears with a long 
bamboo, in the character of an injured husband, to drive 
away the intruder. He hunts out the hunchback with 
great fervour, and then makes his peace with his wife by 
exhibiting the clothes and book of which he has robbed 
him. The lady declares that her husband will be a credit 
to her yet, and the worthy couple, chuckling over the 
spoil, which will re-place the domestic pig, retire to rest, 
having experienced 'the falling-out that all the more 
endears ! ' " 

On Saturday, November 6th, His Royal Highness left 
on a visit to Canton by the steamer Kin-shan, which had 
been most liberally and obligingly placed at his disposal 
by Messrs. Augustine Heard & Co., General Agents of the 
Hongkong, Canton and Macao Steam-boat Company, 
Limited. The steamer was fitted up in the most com- 
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an excellent cuisine; a courtesy for which His Royal 
Highness expressed his warm acknowledgments. 

Tuesday, November 9th, being the birthday of His 
Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, salutes were fired at 
noon by all the ships of war in the Harbour and by the 
Shore Battery. In the evening of that day the Prince 
returned, vi^ Macao, to Hongkong, and dined at Govern- 
ment House, which was brilliantly illuminated for the 
occasion with Japanese lanterns. 

Wednesday, November lOih, was devoted by His 
Royal Highness to business principally connected with the 
refit of the Galatea, and in the evening, the Prince and 
the Governor, with their respective suites, dined with 
Colonel Milles and the Officers of the 75th Regiment. 

On Thursday, November 11th, His Royal Highness 
received the Clergy on board the Galatea, having most 
kindly provided them with his own barge for the occasion. 
A loyal Address was read, on their behalf, by E. Sharp, 
Esq., the. Registrar of the Diocese, to which His Royal 
Highness was pleased to read a gracious reply, which, 
together with the Address, is given in the Appendix, (G. ) 

On the same day, a Cricket Match was played between 
the Hongkong Club and the "United Services," in which 
Officers of the Galatea took a prominent part. The follow- 
ing account of this Match has been contributed by the 
Secretary of the Hongkong Cricket Club : — " The weather 
was all that could be desired. A bright sun, tempered by a 
cool breeze, afforded promise of a day on which everything 
would look its best; and certainly the cricket ground 
showed to great advantage. The green sward, the line of 
glistening white tents gaily ornamented with flags of all 
colours and nationalities, and the blue line of the Harbour 
beyond, brightly relieved by the display of bunting on the 
ships, formed a sight to delight the artist's eye." 


" Shortly after the appointed hour, the two Elevens 
appeared on the ground. They were as follows : — 

Honghong Cricket Club. 

1. Hon. E. H. Pollard, q.c. 

2. G". F. Maclean, Esq. 

3. T. Mercer, Esq. 

4. C. P. Chater, Esq. 

5. W. H. P. Darby, Esq. 

6. L. Prior, Esq. 

7. H. Foss, Esq. 

8. R. D. Starkey, Esq. 

9. P. W. Mitchell, Jr., Esq. 

10. J. R. Anton, Esq. 

11. H. E. Wodehouse, Esq." 

United Services. 

1. Lieut. P. Romilly, h.n., Galatea. 

2. Lieut. P. B. Aitken, k.n., Binaldo. 

3. H. H. Jollye, Esq., b.n., Princes. 


4. Capt. R. P. Tayler, r.m.l.i., Galatea. 

5. Lieut. R. W. Parr, 75tli Refft. 

6. G. J. Parkyn, Esq., D. A. C. G. 

7. P. A. C. de Crespigny, Esq., R.N., 


8. Lieut. J. L. Hammett, r.n., Avon. 

9. Lieut. A. G. PuUarbu, r.n., Midge. 

10. Ed. Ponsonby, Esq., r.n., Galatea. 

11. Lieut. H. P. Lee, b.e. 

" ' The United Services,' having won the toss, appeared 
first at the wickets, and notwithstanding the efforts of 
Messrs. Darby and Prior, both of whom bowled really 
well, Mr. Jollye succeeded in putting together 79 by a 
splendid display of cricket, while Captain Tayler's admir- 
able defences contributed, perhaps, more than anything else 
to the 'demoralization' of the Hongkong Cricket Club. 
Mr. de Crespigny and Lieutenant Hammett batted very 
well for their respective scores, and Mr. Ponsonby showed 
a very free and cricketing style of play." 

" For the Club, Mr. Pollard went in for his usual steady 
style, sure to give confidence to any Eleven for whom he 
may play, while Mr. Mercer's slashing career was pre- 
maturely (such are the chances of cricket) cut short at 16." 

" In the second innings of the ' Services,' Lieutenant 
Parr, (75th Kegt.) stole 15 by a number of judicious twos, 
while Messrs. Parkyn, Ponsonby and de Crespigny backed 
him up with double figures. In this innings, Mr. Mercer 
was very destructive, taking five wickets out of the ten." 

" In the Club's second innings, nobody succeeded in 
reachkig double figures but Messrs, Darby (who played 


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like a book,) and Mercer (who began with a six,) and the 
total only amounted to 55, the ' United Services ' remain- 
ing victors by 89 runs. In both innings, the bowling of 
Messrs. de Crespigny and Parkyn was the subject of 
frequent applause." 

" Tiffin was served under the tents, which His 
Eoyal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh honoured by his 
presence. The match occupied two days; and during the 
afternoons, the Band of the 75th Regiment played a choice 
selection of music. The ground was visited by several 
ladies, amongst whom was Lady MacDonnell, accompanied 
by His Excellency the Governor." 

The day closed with a Banquet at Government House, 
and a Reception afterwards by Lady MacDonnell. The 
grounds were illuminated, and the interest of the occasion 
was heightened by the Band of the Galatea playing during 
the course of the evening several pieces composed, and 
others arranged, by His Royal Highness himself. 

Friday, November 12th. — The Duke of Edinburgh is 
Master of the Trinity House ; and, availing themselves of 
this fact, several Masters of vessels in Hongkong signed 
an Address to His Royal Highness, which is given in the 
Appendix, (H.) 

The following account of this circumstance, evidently 
written by a Sailor, was communicated to the China Mail: — 
" On Friday morning last, a number of the Ship Masters in 
Hongkong went off, by appointment, to Her Majesty's Ship 
Galatea to pay honour and respect as Seamen to His Royal 
Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, her Captain, in his official 
capacity as Master of the Trinity House. On their arrival on 
board, they were met by the Lieutenant of the Deck who, with 
' the Duke's compliments,' stated that he was detained on 
Court Martial duty, and hoped they would kindly await him 


in his Cabin. Thither they were accordingly conducted ; 
the Honourable E. C. Yorke, and all the ward-room officers, 
and many from the gun-room also coming to show them 
objects of interest, not only in the Duke's private apart- 
ments, where they enjoyed a sight of many specimens of 
high art such as are rarely seen except in the Capitals of 
Europe, but all over the ship. A gun's crew was mustered. 
Lieutenant McHardy, the Gunnery Lieutenant, showing 
how the monster cannon were handled. After this, upon 
the suggestion of one whose name should here find honour- 
able mention were it known, some liquor was poured on 
the delay ; and libations of Moselle were offered between 
the after guns of the port broadside on the main deck, not 
unto Bellona Bellatrix, but unto Bacchus. This pleasing 
rite performed, and while yet invitations to a repetition 
were being declined, the Captain of the Galatea descended, 
courteously turning and bowing to all, an honest smile 
mantling his face. After a short interval, the ship masters 
were summoned to their Levee, and each handing his 
card to the Equerry in attendance was presented on entering 
the cabin to His Royal Highness. The introductions 
and a few prefatory words from the Secretary of the 
Committee over, the Master who filled that capacity, sup- 
ported by the Chairman and Vice-chairman of Committee, 
read the Address to the Master of the Trinity Corpora- 
tion in the person of the Captain of the Galatea^ His Eoyal 
Highness Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. To speak of its 
presentation and not mention the pleasure of the recipient 
would be a simple disloyalty to truth and to the Wor- 
shipful Master, whose tones and demeanour, as he read 
his reply, both demonstrated that he was not engaged in a 
bit of conventionality, but that he was meeting seamen as 
a seaman. When his reply was concluded, in a few simple 
words he apologized for the delay which had occurred, 
alleging the cause, a Court Martial ; to which the Secre- 

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tary replied that 'duty was before all,' and they had 
profited in his absence by the courtesy of their many 
ad-interira hosts." 

"For the first time since the Galatea had left the shores 
of England, the Trinity Flag was displayed at the main, 
nor were the Officers of the Galatea slow to point it out 
to the Masters assembled. Many nationalities were repre- 
sented on the occasion ; it was a genuine enthusiasm born 
of the brine and the breeze, and it is highly satisfactory to 
know that amongst the squadron His Royal Highness has 
often spoken of the event as one that was most gratifying to 
him as the Master of the Trinity House, and that he shewed 
his appreciation of the event by ordering the Trinity Flag 
to be displayed at the fore on the day of his departure." 

In addition to the Cricket Match, which was not 
concluded until this day, a Match at Bowls was played 
in the afternoon at the Oriental Bowling Alley, which had 
been specially engaged by the Committee of the Hongkong 
Club during the Prince's visit, between Eight of the 
Galatea and Eight of the Club, which resulted in a victory 
for our gallant guests. His Royal Highness headed the 
Naval side, and " played throughout," says a reporter, 
" with that spirit and enthusiasm which he appears to carry 
with him in whatever he undertakes." The total score in 
the two games played, was as follows : 

Galatea^ 3,966 

Club, 3,882 


In the evening, Commodore Oliver Jones entertained 
at dinner on board the Princess Charlotte His Royal High- 
ness, His Excellency the Governor, Vice-Admiral Sir 
Henry Kellett, and a numerous party. 

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Saturday, November IBth. — An Amateur Performance 
was given at the New Theatre this evening by the Officers 
of the Galatea; His Royal Highness himself graciously 
conducting the Orchestra on the occasion. The following 
account of this most successful Performance is taken from 
the China Mail: — 

' " At 8.30, His Excellency the Governor, Lady 
MacDonnell and guests arrived ; and, led by His Royal 
Highness, the Orchestra gave the National Anthem, the 
audience rising with the double sense of honouring and 
being honoured as the ' First Violin,' gave the opening 
chord. The curtain rose to the Farce of 'Notting Hill.' " 

"Alderman Syllabub (Lieut. Romilly) and Mrs. Chut- 
ney (Mr. Key), were admirable in their parts, the chief 
work devolving upon them. Policeman X (Lord Charles 
Beresford) was scarcely inferior, though his outward ' get-up,' 
was a grave libel on that much abused body of men, the 
London Police. Private Tight-Leather was positively 
Chinese in his endeavours to fan 3£rs. Chutney into consci- 
ousness; and Lizzy (Mr. Wild) ably seconded the efforts 
of Policeman X to be a true lover, and comforted him in 
a way which is supposed to be peculiarly agreeable to the 
frequenters of our streets and areas, at home. The fun of 
the piece turns on the desperate inventions of the Alder- 
man to be prepared against burglars; his protective 
measures, which involved the connection of the front door 
with an explosive machine warranted to act, resulting of 
course in its going off at a most inconvenient moment. 
The Alderman may congratulate himself upon achieving a 
very marked success." 

"Of the Shakesperian selection 'The Fall of Wolsey,' 
from Henry VIII, we can only speak in terms of unquali- 
fied praise. The part of Wolsey, as taken by the Honour- 
able E. C. Yorke, the Equerry-in-waiting of His Royal 

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Highness, was a real, genuine, conception of the part — 
not a mere acting edition — and brought the house down 
in thunders of applause. In many cases indeed, irrepres- 
sible individuals who started a cheer were checked by their 
neighbours who were anxious to hear what was undoubt- 
edly the finest piece of dramatic acting which Hongkong 
has for some time witnessed. The grand climax, when 
the taunted, fallen Cardinal exclaims, ' Had I but served 
my God with half the zeal I served my King, he would 
not in mine age have left me naked to mine enenues,' was 
superbly rendered. The enthusiasm awakened was a 
deserved tribute to the Cardinal's histrionic powers. 
Cromwell (Mr, Wild) did well, as did the Dukes of 
Norfolk and Suffolk (Lieut. McHardy and Mr. Neville.) 
But the Earl of Surrey (Lieut. A. Fitz-George) had a good 
part and made the most of it ; though it is doing him and 
his companions no injustice to say that the great Cardinal 
obscured his companions by the admirable rendering of 
his, part." 

" Between the two pieces we have thus briefly noticed, 
the Orchestra gave a selection from Rossini's '■ Mose in 
Egitto.' It was rendered with a precision and taste which 
did infinite credit to the Royal conductor, the amateurs 
who assisted, and the professional Bandsmen. Courtesy 
forbids as extended a criticism as we should desire to give, 
but we may say in one word, that it called forth on its 
merits, as a Performance alone, the heartiest applause. 
A Fest-march of original composition agreeably filled up 
the interval between the ' Fall of Woleey ' and the very 
laughable burlesque, by Lieutenant Poore, r.m.a., which 
followed. ' Crossing the Line ' would not have disgraced 
a more experienced playwright than we presume Lieutenant 
Poore to be. The dialogue is sparkling, and abounds with 
puns, which were delivered with much effect by the very 

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accomplished troupe who took the various characters. 
From old Father Neptune (Lieutenant Fitz-George) down 
to the Tritons (Messrs. Eyre, Rich, and Brown) there was 
not a character lacking the fullest and most humorous 
interpretation. Neptune was most ably seconded by his 
better half, Mrs. Amphitrite, (Mr. Key) whose visage 
alone, apart from her inimitable 'get up,' was a sight 
worth seeing. We hope that this gentleman does not 
throw such comicality into private life, for if he does, 
sobriety .of demeanour in his presence must be an impossi- 
bility. Each of the worthy pair had noses which, like that 
of a well known recent visitor to this Colony, would be 
worth a fortune if composed of real flesh and blood. Lord 
Charles Beresford, as Billi/ Bowline, was almost the lion 
of the piece, as he certainly was the terpsichorean favourite. 
His 'double shuffle,' accent, look, and general turn out, 
were as completely removed from anything like stage 'get- 
up' as was possible. He looked the thorough sailor, which 
under more refined conditions, we suspect he really is, and 
he deserves to be congratulated on a very unusual measure 
of success. Ben Backstay, The Barber, and Policeman X, 
were important elements in the success of the piece. 
But we must give the palm amongst the 'humanities' to 
Marina, who as Neptune's little girl, was the most perfect 
little witch ever seen upon a Hongkong stage. As for 
Billy-coddy, whose difficulty in taking a chair was one of 
the most amusing touches of the piece, he was a perfect 
gem amongst fishes ; and we never heard heartier laughter 
than that evoked by his touching, gasping appeal, acted, 
though not spoken, when he discovered that Billy Bowline 
was his accepted rival. We wish we knew who acted the 
part of ^SamJo for he certainly deserves decided recognition." 

Sunday, November lAth. — His Royal Highness accord- 
ing to custom attended Divine Service on board the Galatea; 

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His Excellency the Governor and Lady MacDonnell 
forming, by special invitation, part of the congregation. 
The singing by the Crew, in which the Prince takes great 
personal interest, was very effective, and the Reverend 
J. Milner, b.a., the Chaplain, preached on the Miracle of 
"The water turned into wine." 

Tiffin and the inspection of the Prince's collection of 
Photographs, and of M. Chevalier's sketches of various 
incidents associated with the voyages of the Galatea agree- 
ably occupied the former part. of the afternoon. 

Monday^ November Ibih. — His Excellency the Gov- 
ernor invited a select number of guests to meet His Royal 
Highness at dinner this evening ; and a Reception was 
afterwards held by Lady MacDonnell, which was attended 
by a large number of ladies and gentlemen who assembled 
to do honour to the Prince for the last time. Hlis Royal 
Highness moved freely among the guests, and probably so 
large an assembly never gathered together in Hongkong 
on the eve of the departure of the Home Mail. Govern- 
ment House and grounds were beautifully illuminated 
for the occasion, and the coup-d'ceil on entering the 
gateway was very striking, a most enchanting effect being 
produced by the thousands of Chinese and Japanese 
lanterns which were hung on shrubs and trees on the 
spacious lawn and croquet ground. The singing of Signor 
Pellico and of more than one Amateur during the evening 
was greatly admired, and after a few dances in the well 
lighted Central Hall the company separated about midnight, 
highly pleased with the Royal Prince, and with the hos- 
pitality of His Excellency the Governor, in which he is 
ever charmingly seconded by Lady MacDonnell. 

It may here be mentioned that during his visit His 
Royal Highness and suite, accompanied by the Governor, 
the Honourable Julian Pauncefote, and several Officers of 

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the Galatea^ including Lord Charles Beresford, Lieutenant 
Fitz-George and E. Ponsonby, Esq., made an excursion to 
Victoria Peak which overhangs the City, and forms so 
striking a point of view to all visitors to Hongkong. The 
party were much struck by the position of Mountain 
Lodge, the Governor's summer residence, 1,750 feet above 
the level of the sea, and commanding a magnificent view 
extending far over the Mainland on the West, and upwards 
of fifty Islands from the West to the East. His Royal 
Highness expressed his surprise that the wealthy Merchant 
Princes of the Colony had not availed themselves of the 
vicinity to their City of a position ofiering so bracing a 
climate in the hottest time of the year. It is certainly 
difficult to account for the comparative neglect of such a 
spot, as it takes only forty minutes to reach it, and less 
than thirty to return. The advantages of the site were, 
however, only recently demonstrated, and the security 
aiforded there by a Telegraph and Police Station is quite 
a modern boon, not even yet completed. The future of 
the Peak, therefore, is still to be developed, though we are 
not so sanguine as to think that it will supersede trips to 
Europe ! 

Tuesday^ November IQth. — -It was officially announced 
that the Galatea would leave this afternoon; and, as a 
fitting termination to the Prince's visit. His Royal High- 
ness had consented to lay the first Stone of a new Choir 
for S. John's Cathedral in the morning. At half past 
nine, the Clergy in their canonicals, and the Choir in their 
surplices, assembled in the Church, and a procession was 
formed to march to the Stone for the purpose of receiving 
the Prince. About the same time a guard of honour, 
provided by the 75th Regiment, was drawn up on the 
ground. Precisely at 10 o'clock. His Royal Highness arriv- 
ed, accompanied by His Excellency the Governor and Lady 

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MacDonnell, the Honourable E. C. Yorke, A. B. Haig, Esq., 
the Honourable C. C. Smith and Mrs. Smith. He was met 
by the Clergy; the Honourable J. G. Austin, the Ho- 
nourable "W. Keswick, the Honourable E. H. Pollard, Q.c, 
and Messrs. Mitchell, Moorsom, and Pyke, Trustees ; and 
several Officers of the Array and Navy. The Troops 
having presented arms, and played the National Anthem, 
the Prince ascended the platform which had been erected ; 
and the Service was commenced with the 84:th Psalm, 
"0 how amiable are thy Dwellings, &c.," sung by the 
Cathedral Choir, and the Congregation assembled to take 
part in the solemn Ceremony. The Colonial Chaplain then 
read the first portion of the ' Form of Prayer' which had 
been prepared and printed for the occasion; after which, 
the Reverend R. O'Callaghan, Chaplain, r.n., read the 
Lesson, taken from Hebrews, X. 19 — 26. The Lord 
Bishop being absent from the Colony, the Canon Residen- 
tiary then, on behalf of the Trustees and Churchmen (3f 
Hongkong, requested His Royal Highness to lay the Stone, 
which wUl form the centre plinth of the Eastern end of 
the new Choir. 

A silver trowel having been handed to the Prince by 
the Surveyor General, His Royal Highness laid some 
mortar, and said : — " In the Faith of Jesus Christ, we place 
this first Stone, in the name of God the Father, God the Son, 
and God the Holy Ghost, Amen." After this he struck 
the Stone gently three times, and declared it to be " well 
and truly laid." 

The Hymn, "0 Lord of Hosts, whose glory fills, 
&c., &c.," (from ' Hymns Ancient and Modern,') was now 
sung, and the suffrages fii-om the Litany for the Queen and 
Royal Family, &c., and two Collects referring to the special 
uses of the Chancel were said ; after which, the Reverend 
Canon Beach, m.a., spoke as follows: — "By permission 


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of His Royal Highness and of His Excellency the Governor, 
I wish, my brother Churchmen, before pronouncing the 
Benediction, to say a few words, with reference to the 
Work which has been so happily commenced to-day, and 
with reference also to our distinguished guest. The Work 
is one of faith ; faith in God, and faith in you. We believe 
that ' except the Lord build the House, they labour in vain 
that build it,' and therefore we look up to Him for his 
blessing upon an Undertaking whose sole object is His 
honour and glory. But we, on whom the responsibility 
of setting it on foot rests, have faith also in you. We 
believe in your Christian zeal and liberality; and, so 
believing, we feel sure that you will not be satisfied until 
the Work now begun under such favourable auspices is 
brought to a successful conclusion. As to our guest, I 
am sure you will most heartily join me in thanking His 
Royal Highness for his great kindness in consenting to 
inaugurate this pious Undertaking, and for the skilful 
manner in which he has executed it. We were all pre- 
pared to receive him with respect and loyal affection as 
the son of our beloved Queen, whose throne is securely 
founded in the hearts of her people. But we now know 
him personally, and I am sure I express the sincere sen- 
timents of all present when I say that His Royal Highness 
has won for himself, during his too brief stay here, by his 
frank, genial, and affable bearing, a place in all our hearts. 
You will Avithout exception, I am persuaded, join me in 
wishing him a safe and prosperous voyage, and in bidding 
him ' God speed.' " Then, turning to the Prince, the 
Canon said: — "Your Royal Highness, On behalf of 
the Clergy and Laity of this Cathedral City, I beg 
to present to you our most respectful and cordial 
thanks for your presence here to-day. We are sorry that 
you are so soon to leave us. We shall always think of 
your visit with feelings of unmixed satisfaction ; and as 



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continually, in this Holy Place, we pray for ' all the Royal 
Family,' our thoughts will often revert to yourself. I can 
only offer you in conclusion, that which the Kings and 
Princes of the earth, and none more than those of your 
Royal House, have been wont to consider worthy of their 
acceptance, what I believe you also will highly value, — the 
Blessing of God's Priest, and the Prayers of God's Church. 
May the Lord of the Ocean speed yoix and your gallant 
crew in the good ship Galatea, in all her voyages ! may He 
Who, eighteen hundred years ago, calmed the sea of Galilee 
be your Pilot and Guide ! may hope, the bright hope of 
the Christian, be your anchor in every port ! and may you 
' so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally,' 
without loss 6v dasnage, you 'may come to the land of ever- 
lasting life, there to reign ' ' world without end ' ! Amen." 

The Reverend Canon then gave the Benediction, and 
His Royal Highness departed, the guard presenting arms 
as before and the National Anthem being performed by 
the band. Among those on the Platform, in addition to 
His Excellency the Governor and Lady MacDonnell, and 
the Trustees of the Cathedral, were Commodore Oliver J. 
Jones, E. Sharp, Esq., Registrar of the Diocese, Mrs. 
Pollard, Mrs. Sharp, Mrs. Pyke, Mr. Sassoon and many 
others. Under the Stone were deposited coins of Hongkong 
mintage, and copies of the Daily Press and Overland 
China Mail. 

His Royal Highness soon after visited His Excellency 
Major-General Whitfeild, Commanding Her Majesty's Forces 
in China, who had been prevented by illness from appearing 
during the Prince's visit, and subsequently His Royal 
Highness honoured in a similar way Acting Chief Justice 
Pauncefote. On this day many elegant and costly souvenirs 
were presented on behalf of the Prince to his Hongkong 
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ncss to be distributed in charity, in addition to a donation 
of £50 to the American Sailors injured when saluting the 
Royal Standard. 

About three o'clock in the afternoon, His Royal High- 
ness, accompanied by His Excellency the Governor and 
Lady MacDonnell, drove down from Government House, 
through Streets lined with Troops, to Pedder's Wharf, to 
re-embark on board the Galatea. The Prince was pleased 
to express to the Governor his gratification at the efficiency 
and completeness of the arrangements made in connection 
with the stationing of the Military and the guards of honour, 
both at Government House and at Pedder's Wharf, under 
the direction of Captain Shaw, Deputy ^Assistant Quarter 
Master General, and also of those connected with the 
Police under C. Vandeleur Creagh, Esq., Deputy Super- 
i intendent of that Force. Many of the leading gentlemen 
f of the Colony were assembled at the Wharf, and the 
Streets and houses in the neighbourhood were crowded 
with loyal spectators, who heartily cheered His Royal 
Highness as he appeared in sight. A lane of boats 
had been formed, as on the occasfon of the Prince's 
Official Landing, and whilst the Royal barge, followed 
by that of His Excellency the Governor, having on 
board several personages of distinction, passed through 
them, the crews presented oars, and loudly cheered the 
departing guest. All the Men-of-War in the Harbour, 
British and Foreign, were now wreathed in the folds of a 
sulphurous canopy, as, in concert with the Shore Battery, 
they thundered forth all together a Royal Salute, such as 
had never before been heard in Hongkong, whilst as the 
smoke was now and then rent asunder by the breeze, the 
eye caught a glimpse of yards manned, and sailors cheering 
heartily. The Officers of the Ward-room Mess had mean- 
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board the Galatea to their numerous friends from the 
shore, and when His Royal Highness came on board he 
found a large number of residents waiting for the purpose 
of bidding him farewell. The State Sedan Chair which had 
been used by the Prince during his visit was brought off 
about this time, as His Royal Highness wished to retain 
it as a memento of his visit and also to try whether it 
could be made available in India. 

The French Admiral, Comte de Cornulier Lucinidre, 
and suite paid a visit to the Galatea shortly before she 
weighed anchor, to exchange parting compliments with 
His Royal Highness; and soon after four o'clock the Royal 
Frigate left her moorings amid salutes of cannon and the 
cheering of many ships' crews, similar to that which had 
attended the Prince's embarkation an hour previously, and 
which must have improved the previous native idea of the 
Rank of the Personage honoured by so unusual a distinction ; 
and thus the Galatea glided majestically out of sight 
through the Li-ii Mun Pass, followed by the hearty 
good wishes of the entire population of Hongkong. 


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His Royal Highness Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of Edinburgh, K. G., K. T., 
G.C.M.G., . . 22 Jan. 67. 


Edward S. Adeane . .21 Sept. 68. 


George R. Heneage .22 Jan. 67. 
WallaceB. McHardy.22 Jan. 67. 
Francis Romilly . . .22 Jan. 67. 

George ... I 
John W. Ramsay . .19 Sept. 68. 


ior^ Charles W.D.K^Q^^_ 68. 
Beresiord . . | 

Staff- Commander. 

William H. Bradley . 3 June 69. 

Captain of Marines. 

Robert F.Tayler. . .28 Jan. 67. 

Lieutenant of Marine Artillery. 

Francis H. Poore . .29 Jan. 67. 

Chaplain and Naval Instructor. 

Rev. John Milner, b.a. 23 Jan. 67. 


Alexander Watson, m.d. . 24 Mar. 69. 


William L. Powell. . 4 July 68. 

(Additional in lieu of Assistant Surgeon.) 


Thomas Bradbridge .22 Jan. 67. 

Chief Engineer. 

John Sear 26 Jan. 67. 

Sub- Lieutenants. 

George R. C. Eyres .22 Jan. 67. 
Edward J. Fellowes .18 June 68. 


Charles Campbell . ,17 Oct. 68. 
Alvin C. Corry, (ac^.).17 Nov. 68. 

Navigating Sub-Lieutenant. 

James R. Veitch. . . 3 Aug. 68. 

Assistant Surgeon. 

William H. Symes. .22 Jan. &7. 

Assistant Paymasters. 

Edmund H. Key . .22 Jan. G7. 
William O.Greenslade 1 Oct. 67. 

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The Address from the Hongkong Community. 

To His Royal Highness Alfred Ernest Albert, 

Duke of Edinburgh E.G., K.T.,,&c. 

We, the inhabitants of the Colony of Hongkong, desire to approach 
Your Royal Highness to offer our heartfelt congratulations and welcome 
upon your arrival at this remote Dependency of the Crown of Great 

It affords us particular pleasure upon the occasion of this, the first 
visit of a Member of the Royal Family of England to this Colony, to 
express our loyal sentiments to a Son of a Sovereign so beloved by Her 
subjects, and so esteemed and respected by other nationalities, as is Her 
Majesty Queen Victoria. 

We beg also to express a hope that Your Royal Highness will expe- 
rience some pleasure on finding, at so great a distance from home, how in 
the space of a tew years, under the enlightened reign of Her Most Gracious 
Majesty, and under the blessings of the institutions of England, and the 
prestige of Her name, a Colony so important and considerable has arisen, 
and been maintained in peace upon the shores of the most populous and 
exclusive Empire in the world. 

With sentiments of loyalty and respect, we have the honour to be, 
Your Royal Highness's most obedient servants. 

(Signed by 300 Residents.) 

Reply fff His Royal Highness. 

Gentlemen, — No answer that I can return to your Address will 
sufiBciently convey to you my thanks, or express the pleasure I have 
derived from the manifestations of loyalty and affection to Her Majesty 
the Queen, by which I have been met upon my arrival in Hongkong. 

For myself, I rejoice at the opportunity which has been afforded me 
of visiting this City, the great emporium of British trade in China, and 
whose growing prosperity offers so striking an example of what may be 
effected by energy and enterprise, under the influence of free institutions. 


In your magnificent harbour, the Navies of Great Britain can ride 
in safety, whilst you continue to prosecute that commercial activity, 
which under their protection, would seem to make Hongkong one of the 
most important cities of the Bast, and to raise her inhabitants to a high 

I will only add that I shall ever take a deep concern in all that 
promotes the prosperity of this loyal and enterprising Community. 


To the Inhabitants 

of the Colony 

of Hongkong. 


The Address from the Parsee Community. 

To His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, E.G., K.T. 
May it please Your Royal Highness : 

The members of the Parsee Community resident in Hongkong 
desire to approach Your Royal Highness with expressions of the sineerest 
loyalty to the Queen, and of affectionate regard to Your Royal Highness, 
both individually and as representative of Her Majesty. 

The Parsee residents in the dominions of the Queen of England, or 
rather the Empress of India, as they are proud to style their Sovereign, 
have ever been sensible of the great benefits of the enlightened rule 
under which it is their fortune to be placed; and those who are tempo- 
rarily sojourning in this Colony feel that they cannot allow the present 
opportunity to pass without expressing their loyalty and respect, and 
they trust they may be permitted to cherish the hope that the heartfelt 
welcome with which they now greet Your Royal Highness, will be 
retained as a small item in the happy recollections of Your Royal High- 
ness's travels round the world. 

('Signed), D. RUTTUNJEE. 




and 63 others. 
Victoria, Hongkong, November, 1869. 


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Reply of His Royal Highness. 

Gentlemen, — I thank you with all sincerity for the Address 
which you have just presented to me, and for the hearty welcome you 
have given me to Hongkong;. 

It will he a great pleasure to me to inform Her Majesty of the 
proof which you have given me to-day of your loyalty and devotion to 
Her Throne and Person, and of your gratitude for those blessings, which 
you, and so many others of Her subjects in all parts of the world, have 
enjoyed during Her Reign. 

I shall carry back to England a lively recollection of to-day's pro- 
ceedings, and of your kindness to myself, but above all of these hearty 
demonstrations which so ably express your devotion and submission to 
the laws and institutions of Great Britain. 


To the Members of the Parsee Community. 


The Address from the Chinese Community to His Royal 
Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. 

The following is a translation of the Address presented to His Royal 
Highness the Duke of Edinburgh by the Chinese Community : — 

To His Royal Highness Prince Alfbed, JDuke of Edinburgh, Knight 
of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, &c., &o., &c. 

Prince of the Royal House of England. 

Illustrious descendant of an illustrious race. 

Fair as the plumes of the Phoenix, that sits in the crimson nest; 

Graceful as the Unicorn, auspiciously nurtured on the sombre hills. 

Whose comely form and matchless mien raise you above the 
common herd. 

Gifted with charms of youth, which are like the fresh spring; 

The time was when, bedecked with jewels, with hasty step, you 
entered the Royal Presence — 

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With your sword, too, girt, you respectfully presented your morning 

Though the days were bright, and leisure at your command, yet 
for you there was no relaxation. 

Esteeming each moment of time as more precious than gems, you 
diligently devoted yourself to study. 

With books are you well acquainted, in all literature have you 
become deeply versed. 

In military affairs are you well skilled; these are your delight. 

Perfect in letters and the art of war. 

Being at all times diligent as the ant, no study escaped your grasp. 

And you aimed at a knowledge of philosophy, labouring with 
assiduity and understanding. 

Into science you extended your enquiries, working with energy and 

Gifted with all accomplishments, your mind full stored with 
learning, you stiU panted for more. 
^ Wishing to enlarge your mind, a new thought came to you — o 

You chose to traverse the seas, and great was the delight expe- % 

Your desire to visit the Central land occupied your thoughts by 
night and day. 

In China there is a spot which in times long past was opened to 
commerce : 

Hongkong is its name, where congregate many merchants and 
many ships. 

Looking from Canton as far as the eye can reach, nothing is to be 
seen but a succession of islands and peaks. 

Mounting the ruins of Ut Toi, and travelling eastward, many 
waters must be passed. 

In the midst of these islands and this expanse of water, guarded 
by Heaven, rises this isle, overflowing with merchandize and abounding 
in wealth. 

For years it has appeared mirrored in the uni-ufled deep. 

Its thousand houses, sheltered by the hills, present a picture of 
surpassing beauty. 

This picture — this scene — how rapid its completion ! 

Report of it reaching you in your far off palace, how great your joy ! 

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You had no dread of stormy waves ; from the long' voyage you did 
not shrink. 

You resolved on traversing the roaring seas, which like swift 
coursers bore you hither. 

Across the boundless ocean, with its thousand myriad leagues. 

Passing many lands and seas, the mighty ship arrives at last. 

With kindly feelings cherished deeply in your breast (have you 
come among us.) 

Having watched from a distance, to-day we see your standard 

You have come, but there is no haughty bearing. 

AU are treated with the greatest condescension. 

Such kindness and such condescension cause all to regard you with 
the profoundest respect. 

All clap their hands with delight at the sight of your noble counte- 

In your honoxir are the banquets spread ; 

Everywhere may be heard the sounds of music welcoming your 
Eoyal retinue — 

Day and night the music and the feast continue. 

For what is thus worthless, you have rewarded us right royally. 

Throughout the whole City are the sounds of praise and prayers on 
your behalf. 

In the markets and in the streets are sung ballads and songs. 

By these expressions of joyous song may you learn that there is no 
limit to our affection for you. 

Yet, with all this exuberance of feeling, your great fame can with 
difficulty be proclaimed. 

We blush when we think how unskilled is the pen that has written 
the few words which we now present. 

For so rude an Address will doubtless raise a smile around us. 

Still, though smiles arise,' how can we decline to express our 
feelings ! 

We trust that you wiU take this with you to distant lands, and that 
great may be the result — 

Namely, that for thousands ' of years our countries may be firmly 
bound together in peace and amity ; 

And that throughout the world there may continue joy and gladness 
and universal peace. 

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Reply of His Royal Highness. 

The Duke of Edinburgh has received your Address, and experienced 
much pleasure at the cordial expressions of esteem, and the affectionate 
words which it contains. 

Such a greeting as you accorded him can only emanate from feel- 
ings of respect towards the laws and institutions which are established 
alike throughout the British Empire, under the happy rule of the Queen, 
his Mother. 

The preparations made for his reception here, the decorations and 
illuminations adding additional beauty to the fine City in which you 
have found a home, have been viewed by him with great pleasure and 
much interest. Indeed, during the course of his travels through the 
numerous possessions of the British Crown no sight more striking and 
beauti&l has come under his observation. 

His Eoyal Highness has been gratified also at learning from the 
authorities of Hongkong, that the numerous Chinese residents here are 
distinguished no less for their industry than their orderly behaviour, and 
general respect for the law. 

In conclusion, the Duke of Edinburgh offers his heartfelt thanks to 
the Chinese Community, and desires them to believe that he will ever 
bear in mind their kindness to him, personally, during his stay in 
Hongkong, and he will always preserve as an agreeable memento of his 
visit to the Colony, the remarkable and highly artistic Address which 
has been presented to him. 

(Signed), ALFEED. 

To the Chinese Community of Hongkonkg. 


Chinese School-masters' Address. 

An ode in honour of His Eoyal Highness Prince 

Alfred of England. 
Illustrious Prince ! 

Thou art all glorious as leaves of Gem, and as branches of Gold j 
Thou art skilled in War : skilled also in Letters, — 
Heaven having gifted thee with matchless talents. 

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Thou art now visiting many lands. 

And glory accompanies thy Royal Banner. 

May happy stars shine on all thy path ! 

All regard thee with respect, and bid thee welcome. 

Dear to us as the sweet T'ong tree, thy love will abide with us : 

All will cherish remembrance of thee. 

Here, in Hongkong, royal favours surround us. 

Our youth, by education, are made talented : 

They have all the blessings of knowledge and refinement. 

Royal Prince ! Thou hast condescended to visit us : 

We, the Schoolmasters, approach thee with reverence. 

Deign, too, to convey to Her Majesty, the Queen, 

This our sincerest wish, that she may enjoy 

Perfect Peace, Happiness, Length of Days, and the Love of All. 

Reply of His Eoyal Highness. 

His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh returns his sincere 
thanks to the Chinese Government School-masters of this Colony, for 
the Address which they have presented to him. 

It will give His Royal Highness the greatest pleasure to comply 
with the request contained in the concluding words of their compli- 
mentary Address, and he will himself bear to Her Majesty their very 
sincere wishes for Her welfare. 

(Signed), ALFRED. 
To the Government School-masters of Hongkong. 


The Address from the City Hall Committee. 

To His Royal Highness Alfred Ernest, Duke of Edinburgh. 
May it please Your Royal Highness : 

The City Hall Committee desire me to welcome you most warmly 
to the Colony of Hongkong, and to convey to Your Royal Highness the 
expression of their grateful thanks for the kind consideration you have 
displayed in honouring this ceremonial with your presence. When the 
first stone of the City Hall was laid^ by His Excellency the present 

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Governor, in February, One thousand Ei^ht hundred and Sixty-seven, 
none who were then present could have anticipated that its completion 
and formal opening would be inaug'urated under the gracious auspices of 
the first British Prince who has ever visited the distant East. 

This happy termination of their labours will more than compensate 
the Committee for the many difficulties, delays, and disappointments 
with which they have had to contend in bringing the arduous under- 
taking to a successful conclusion. 

Your Royal Highness has been graciously pleased to accede to our 
request, and formally to open an Institution which we sincerely hope 
will prove a permanent benefit to the residents of Hongkong. 

We can already boast of a Library, recently formed, and which, 
though not very extensive, contains several very valuable works 
upon the East, and that portion of it especially with which we have 
most to do : the Museum we trust will soon be filled with choice and 
curious specimens of the natural and artificial productions of the vast 
Empire on the borders of which we are situated; while provision has 
been made in the Theatre and the Ball-room for the amusement of the £ 
Residents and our numerous Visitors, 

The building itself may fairly be said to constitute one of the 
greatest ornaments of the City of Victoria,' and will long redound to the 
honour of the Architects by whom it was designed and completed. 

Your Royal Highness has but just arrived from a visit to Australia, 
where you have seen what British energy and perseverance have 
achieved in its vast and flourishing Colonies, and still more recently you 
must have been struck by the contrast presented by the peculiar habits 
and manners of the Japanese and Chinese. Your reception everywhere 
has been gratifying; and though the Colony of Hongkong is more 
remote from England than almost any other of her possessions, and is 
in extent perhaps the least, its residents yield to none in fervent 
loyalty to the Crown, and warm attachment to the Royal Family. We 
all feel grateful for the visit you have paid to Hongkong, and in parti- 
cular the City Hall Committee again tender their warm thanks to you 
for honouring this ceremonial with your presence. We shall long look 
back with pleasure to this auspicious day, and earnestly pray that Your 
Royal Highness may be blessed with health, long life, and prosperity. 

(Signed), W. KESWICK, 
for the City Hall Committee. 


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Reply of His Royal Highness. 

Gentlemen, — It is with mingled feelings of gratification at the 
duty which I have been called upon to undertake, and admiration of the 
magnificent structure which is before me, that I have complied with 
your invitation to inaugurate this building. 

It is my most earnest prayer that this beautiful hall may realize all 
the expectations of its promoters, and continue throughout the great 
future of this Colony a source of permanent and ever increasing pros- 

I shall never cease to rejoice that I have been enabled to visit this 
distant portion of the British Empire, and to become acquainted with a 
people of whom I shall carry back with me the most pleasing recol- 

I thank you for your kind wishes on my behalf, and for the 
expressions of your loyalty to the Crown and warm attachment to the 
Royal Family. 

(Signed), ALFEED. 

To the City Hall Committee. 


TTie Address from the Clergy of Hongkong. 

To His Royal Highness Alfred Eknest Albert, 
Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T., &c., &c., &c. 

May it Please Your Royal Highness: 

We, the undersigned, the Archdeacon, Clergy, and Ministers of 
Religion, British subjects of Hongkong, beg to approach your Royal 
Highness for the purpose of giving expression to those feelings of 
lovalty and attachment which we entertain towards the Throne, Person, 
and Family of our Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria. 

It is, at the same time, a source of much pleasure to us to have this 
opportunity of tendering to Your Royal Highness a most cordial Welcome 
on the occasion of the visit of Your Royal Highness to this distant 
Dependency of the British Crown. 

The Eight Reverend the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, who is now in 
England, also wishes us to express to Your Royal Highness his great 

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regret that he is unable to be present ; and he desires us, in his name, 
to make this public manifestation of loyalty and attachment to our Most 
Gracious Queen, and of hearty Welcome to Your Royal Highness. 

It is our constant prayer that the Most High God, whose servants 
we are, may be pleased long to bless and keep the Person, and to 
prosper the Reign, of our beloved Sovereign, and that He may ever bestow 
His choicest gifts upon all the Members of Her Royal Family. 

Subscribed at Victoria, Hongkong, this 11th Day of November, 
in the Year of Our Lord, 1869. 

Reply of His Royal Highness. 

Gentlemen, — I thank you from my heart for the address you have 
presented to me. It is most agreeable to my feelings to receive such 
proofs of welcome to myself, and of loyalty to the Queen, from Members 
of a Church to which it is my happiness to belong. 

I trust that Your efforts, in common with those of the other 
Churches of the Colony, may long prosper, and that under your care a 
population may be reared fearing God and honouring the Queen. 

I beg you to accept my thanks for imploring the blessings of Heaven 
on behalf of my Family and myself 

(Signed), ALFRED. 
To the Archdeacon, Clergy, 

and Ministers of Religion 

in Hongkong. 


Address from the Master Mariners in Hongkong. 

An Address from Masters of Vessels in the Port of Hongkong to His 
Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, in his capacity of 
Master of the Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford-le-8troud, 

May it please Your Royal Highness. 

Representing the different nationalities now present in the British 

Colony of Hongkong, we approach Your Royal Highness the Duke of 

Edinburgh to present this our Address. 

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The Presence of Your Royal Highness as Master of the Corporation 
of the Trinity House permits us to approach you, also, Captain of Her 
Majesty's Ship Galatea, on the common footing of seamen, and as such 
we are desirous of recording our recognition of those great benefits which 
your august Father, The Good Prince Albert, conferred on that 
Institution, of which you are now the Honoured Master. 

We would embrace this opportunity most heartily to express our 
admiration and reverence for that loveliness of character which has made 
Your Gracious Mother, Victoria, the Queen of England and Empress of 
India, the world-wide type of Mother, Wife, and Queen. 

To Your Royal Highness we, as seamen, would commend that great 
National Institution, of which you are now the Master. Under all ban- 
ners and in all latitudes, it is ours to recognise, and yours to improve, 
that great system by which darkness is made safe to the conscientious 
mariner and anxious trader. 

As seamen, and men with whom Your Royal Highness has been, 
and will hereafter be brought in contact, we beg to take our leave of the 
1 August Master of the Trinity Corporation of Deptford-le- Stroud, earn- 

X estly praying that Your Royal Highness may, under the guidance of the 
$ Over-ruling Pilot, ever stem the currents, and weather the gales, of life's 
\ tempestuous voyage, and that when at last anchored in the Haven of 

] Rest, all future seamen may hail your memory as that of Alfred the 

^ Good. 

(Signed by Fifty-eight Masters of Vessels in Hongkong.) 

Reply of His Royal Highness. 

Gentlemen, — I thank you sincerely for the Address you have 
presented to me, which is all the more valuable from its being a tes- 
timony by other Nationalities, as well as British, to the great value and 
marked utility of the ancient Institution of which I esteem it a high 
honour to be the Master. 

Accept my assurances that the interests of the profession to which 
we belong shall ever occupy my most careful attention^ and every endea- 
vour towards rendering more effectual and beneficial those objects which 
the Trinity House was founded to carry out shall meet with my most 
hearty support; and it will always be my aim to follow the example of 
my beloved Father, to which you have so gracefully alluded in your 



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